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2 Years (4 Semesters)
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Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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JMC’s Master of Creative Industries delivers a critical understanding of the creative industries. 

Focused on real-world production standards, JMC's MCI will give you the freedom to explore, create and apply your skills while developing your own concept into commercial reality. It will build your creative network, strengthen your critical thinking and extend your practice.

JMC’s Master of Creative Industries integrates practical, creative and entrepreneurial units, designed to develop your creative skills to industry expectations and standards.

When you graduate, you will have an innate knowledge of the creative industries sector, and a highly applicable skill set, including but not limited to:

  • In-depth knowledge of the creative industries, specifically within your field of specialisation
  • The ability to successfully realise value in the creative economy
    The principles of good research and the gathering and analysis of reliable data
  • Familiarity with the innovators, innovations and recent developments within and from the creative industries, specifically in your field of specialisation
  • The key principles of project design and management, as well as recent developments in business models within the sector
  • Technical and communication skills to analyse and evaluate the impact of technological change on the relationship between creativity and society, and, where possible, the ability to implement those changes in the design of your own project
  • Cognitive, creative and technical skills to investigate, critically analyse and synthesise trends in consumer tastes and consumption, technical contemporary best practice and your own production project
  • The cognitive, technical and creative skills to evaluate at an abstract level what the a final project might look like – based on concept development demos and extrapolation from those demos
  • An understanding of the business management principles required to successfully conduct your business interest within the creative industries, and specifically within your field of specialisation.

New $3,000 grant

To help our MCI students take their work to the next level, we have now introduced the MCI grant, which gives our students the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to use towards the creation or marketing of their project!

Why Study your Masters at JMC?

Hand-picked mentors for your specialisation
Accommodating study hours - classes are based outside of traditional work hours
Curriculum balanced between creative, exploration, entrepreneurialism and commercial application

Duration

Mindful of your work and general life commitments, the Masters of Creative Industries is available over 4 semesters. Study hours are accommodating and based outside of traditional work hours. For those who are unable to complete the Masters, a Graduate Diploma is an available exit point after the successful completion of 2 semesters.

International students may complete the program in 2 years. The program must be completed full-time in order to satisfy student visa conditions.

Admission

Post-graduate students are selected to study at JMC on the basis of:

  • A completed recognised Bachelor degree (or higher) in a * relevant field of study
  • Interview with Head of MCI
  • Relevant work experience in the creative industries field

Project concept or proposal and portfolio of sample work encouraged.

* A relevant field of study includes: music and sound production, arts management, film + television, music and related studies, entertainment, graphic and design studies, visual arts, interactive + visual design, animation and game design, creative writing, new media, communication and media studies.

If you do not have a relevant Bachelor degree you may still be accepted based on your other qualifications and/ or industry experience. For more information refer to post-graduate admissions Policies + Procedures or contact us at hello@jmc.edu.au.

International Applicants

• International students must also demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no band below 6.0. Check out our Postgraduate English Language Requirements sheet for more information.

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This unit introduces the student to the fundamentals of good research and appropriate standards of presentation and delivery. High quality research and informed decision-making in practical situations both require the gathering and analysis of reliable data.

At this level, excellence in practice is predicated on a reflective and rigorous approach to cultural and creative industries as a method of inquiry and comment. This unit explores how creative industries practice\s operate as valid alternatives to traditional scholarly methods of research and introduces students to a range of current and traditional research paradigms. It also provides students with models, methods and approaches for staging and conducting research in the creative industries that situates studio enquiry more firmly within the broader knowledge and cultural arena.

Students are asked to critically reflect on and question their role as creative practitioners, and to elaborate methodologies, contexts and outcomes at the heart of creative industries enquiry.
The relationship between research, theory, practice and writing is examined as a means to promote a more profound understanding of how knowledge is revealed, acquired and expressed. This unit encourages the students to explore new concepts, establish interdisciplinary connections/linkages, and investigate the relationship of research to their practice.

This unit sets in motion an exploration of the fundamental approaches that underpin the making and development of an innovation. It draws on ideas and practices such as interdisciplinarity, creativity, collaboration, and entrepreneurship to identify problems and opportunities that give rise to innovation. This is considered from the point of view of a range of disciplines within social, cultural and industry contexts where research and practice combine in interactive developmental processes for realising innovative outcomes.

It brings together theory and an exploration of innovation and innovators in creative industries who drive change with their ground-breaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and original approaches to problems.

Students will examine the values of innovation and creativity theory and apply a series of applied methods and tools that enable and facilitate the creative process. The scope and richness of theoretical developments in the discipline of innovation, offers potential for students to develop substantial skills in understanding the discipline, its role in the creative industries and in the development of successful, contemporary organisations.

This unit enables students to develop and demonstrate a high level of creative, professional and entrepreneurial expertise within their chosen creative practice. Students will be expected to put their proposed creative work into perspective. They will develop an understanding of the direction of the practical approach to their proposal, in regards to its 'why’ and 'how'.


Students will also develop a cognitive understanding sufficient to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations/projects in professional practice that will support the practical work undertaken in MCI508 Concept Development and the research design undertaken in MCI501 Researching Creative and Cultural Industries.
On completion, students will be half-way into completing the background research for the development of the pre-production units.

This unit will provide students an opportunity to develop a project concept and proposal which will guide the work undertaken during semesters two, three and four.

Throughout this unit, students will draw from units (MCI501 Researching Cultural and Creative Industries, MCI502 Exploration of Innovation) to identify challenges and opportunities in their projects, as well as the research that informs, drives and supports concept development. On completion of this unit, students will have fully developed a project concept and proposal which will guide them through the remaining semesters.

This unit will provide the cognitive skills and advanced knowledge required to plan, manage, execute, and close projects that achieve goals and objectives on time, within budget and to a quality acceptable to the creative industries.


Understanding the importance of project design and management in the creative industries
is essential for the successful development and completion of a creative project.
On completion of the unit students will have a specialised body of knowledge about project management within the creative sector. Students will understand appropriate and effective levels of management and be able to plan projects in accordance with the criteria these levels must address for successful project implementation.


Presentations from visiting artists and strategies to develop the students’ final project into career. opportunities will assist students in developing their project timeline.

This unit explores approaches to the multi-dimensional relationship between the creative industries and society. Students analyse the impact of a number of different technological innovations on that relationship.
Students will also look at changes in consumer tastes and consumption trends at different times and the factors that motivated those changes.

This is unit is an extension of MCI504 Researching Your Field of Practice, and develops knowledge introduced in MCI501 Researching Creative and Cultural Industries. This unit will further develop students understanding of research design and methodology, in relation to the production proposal students will develop in MCI603 Pre-Production.

Practice led inquiry integrates academic research with practice-based research, and to ensure clarity and cohesion students will be required to articulate the design their research project, discuss their methodology and their chosen research methods.

This is an extension of MCI508 Concept Development. In this unit students may either:

• further develop project alternatives produced in MCI508,
• focus their attention on a single alternative developed in MCI508 or,
• develop new alternatives for the final project.

Students will draw on the research learning’s from MCI504 Researching Your Field of Practice, which informs, drives, and supports this unit. On completion of this unit the student will present the final project proposal pre- production demos or shorts, along with supporting documents developed in MCI504 Researching Your Field of Practice. They will be presented to a panel and supervisors (students may wish
to have fellow students present).

Drawing on the research from first year units (MCI503 Project Management, MCI504 Researching Your Field of Practice, and MCI507 Methodology), students will develop the central argument of their masters research and deliver a draft of their first three chapters of their Research and Industry document, or their exegesis.
This unit complements the work undertaken in MCI604 Production Project 1.

This unit will prepare students to build sustainable careers. Students will learn to be innovative in the way they promote, distribute, and monetise their own creative products.
Students will develop a wide set of core business skills in accounting, marketing, opportunity recognition, brand management and consumer behaviour.
During their work in this unit, students will maintain a focus on an area in the creative industries that may form a part of their final project.

The Production Project units 1 and 2 constitute the capstone unit of the course, and allow students to carry out a focussed, creative, research-informed project which will develop and demonstrate professional level conceptual and technical skills of relevance to the creative industries.
Through the Production Project units, students implement their project proposals and project plans developed in of this course, incorporating their research into a range of technical, theoretical, industry and professional issues, which they will continue to reflect on vis-a-vis the concurrent research units.


Students engage in research-informed studio practice, whether working in the studio or in the field, supported by supervisors and industry mentors, allowing them to develop and demonstrate a high level of creative, professional, and entrepreneurial expertise within their chosen creative practice/s.


Students will also draw on skills and theoretical concepts garnered through earlier units such as planning, staging, time-lining, sourcing services and agents, as required in the production of marketable creative product.

Following on from MCI602 Research and Industry Context 1 in the previous semester, students will apply exegetical research methods and practical writing approaches to their production project being undertaken in MCI606 Production Project 2.


Students will critically reflect on how and why the project was executed in the way that it was; to evaluate processes and practice throughout the project and consider what might be done differently. By the end of the unit, students will have synthesised the insights and innovations identified through the exegetical findings into their creative production projects and identify any future enhancements to their creative practice.

This unit builds on the work to be undertaken in MCI602 Research and Industry Context 1 and culminates in the creation of the document. The students will seek a formal review of the work along the way from their supervisor.

Following on from the Entrepreneurship unit, New Business Models will enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of: (a) business model rationale / planning; (b) intellectual property rights, negotiation and communication strategies; (c) models of ownership, access, freemium and streaming; (d) additional income streams via merchandise and other ancillary opportunities and; (e) the effects of globalisation.


The assessments require students to (1) critically analyse a business in relevant to their project, (2) critically evaluate that business in relation to their project identifying which aspects might enhance or detract their own project’s success and, 3) present a new business model to a Panel (of peers, mentors and specialists) aimed at convincing the Panel that the new business model will support the commercialisation of the students’ project.

This unit will be delivered such that the 14 teaching weeks will incorporate a combination of independent and self-directed study and creative practice, as well as regular meetings with their supervisors, group workshops and additional asynchronous contact in order to support the completion of the student’s creative product.
The Production Project units 1 and 2 constitute the capstone unit of the course, and allow students to carry out a focussed, creative, research-informed project which will develop and demonstrate professional level conceptual and technical skills of relevance to the creative industries.


Through the Production Project units, students implement their project proposals and project plans developed in of this course, incorporating their research into a range of technical, theoretical, industry and professional issues, which they will continue to reflect on vis-a-vis the concurrent Research and Industry Context units.

Students engage in research-informed studio practice, whether working in the studio or in the field, supported by supervisors and industry mentors, allowing them to develop and demonstrate a high level of creative, professional and entrepreneurial expertise within their chosen creative practice/s. Students will also draw on skills and theoretical concepts garnered through earlier units such as planning, staging, time-lining, sourcing services and agents, as required in the production of marketable creative product.

Our Lecturers

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Lauren Neko

Master's & Entertainment Business Lecturer

Lauren Neko is an electronic music artist and creative industries educator.

A talented writer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer; Lauren has played on numerous international stages, festivals, clubs, galleries and bars. She embraces a radical use of colour in all of her performances.

Lauren’s 90’s Rave/House scene and 80’s Disco inspiration does not solely shine through in her performances, she embodies the radical self-acceptance that was at the forefront of both these underground movements then and now, and is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

As the founder of Glössy Entertainment and front-woman of UV Sound System ‘LUV’D UP’ - Lauren curates and produces stunning UV immersive events at Australian clubs and Festivals.

Lauren has been a music educator for more than half of her life. Specialising first in voice and group music coaching, her focus is now on teaching future industry leaders about creative practice, leadership, and small business management.

Lauren is still an active artist, radio host, music producer and industry public speaker. She lectures in both the undergraduate Entertainment Business Management Degree and the Creative Industries Masters Program at JMC.

Lauren Neko

Master's & Entertainment Business Lecturer

Lauren Neko is an electronic music artist and creative industries educator.

A talented writer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer; Lauren has played on numerous international stages, festivals, clubs, galleries and bars. She embraces a radical use of colour in all of her performances.

Lauren’s 90’s Rave/House scene and 80’s Disco inspiration does not solely shine through in her performances, she embodies the radical self-acceptance that was at the forefront of both these underground movements then and now, and is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

As the founder of Glössy Entertainment and front-woman of UV Sound System ‘LUV’D UP’ - Lauren curates and produces stunning UV immersive events at Australian clubs and Festivals.

Lauren has been a music educator for more than half of her life. Specialising first in voice and group music coaching, her focus is now on teaching future industry leaders about creative practice, leadership, and small business management.

Lauren is still an active artist, radio host, music producer and industry public speaker. She lectures in both the undergraduate Entertainment Business Management Degree and the Creative Industries Masters Program at JMC.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Master's Lecturer

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a researcher, lecturer, writer, community volunteer and skateboarder. Her published work bridges the world of academic scholarship and her on the ground engagement with communities. This includes writing for peer reviewed journals such as Sociology, Sport in Society, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, Social Policy and Society, The Journal of Australian Studies and The British Journal of Social Work. She is also a regular contributor for Yeah Girl Media. Her community work includes being the co-founder of Girls Skate Brisbane, The Asian Australian Film Forum and Network, and Adopted Vietnamese International. She has co-chaired several film festival events working in collaboration with universities and industry such as the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, SBS Film and Madman Entertainment.

Indigo is also a former ARC Discovery Project Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a recipient of an Australian Academy of the Humanities Traveling Fellows Scholarship, Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award, UQ Alumni, UQ Equity Office Diversity Week Grant, Australian Post-Graduate Award Doctoral Scholarship,Yale University SEAS Conference Scholarship, Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) selected attendee and Rockefeller Research Fellow, UMASS, Boston.

Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Master's Lecturer

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a researcher, lecturer, writer, community volunteer and skateboarder. Her published work bridges the world of academic scholarship and her on the ground engagement with communities. This includes writing for peer reviewed journals such as Sociology, Sport in Society, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, Social Policy and Society, The Journal of Australian Studies and The British Journal of Social Work. She is also a regular contributor for Yeah Girl Media. Her community work includes being the co-founder of Girls Skate Brisbane, The Asian Australian Film Forum and Network, and Adopted Vietnamese International. She has co-chaired several film festival events working in collaboration with universities and industry such as the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, SBS Film and Madman Entertainment.

Indigo is also a former ARC Discovery Project Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a recipient of an Australian Academy of the Humanities Traveling Fellows Scholarship, Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award, UQ Alumni, UQ Equity Office Diversity Week Grant, Australian Post-Graduate Award Doctoral Scholarship,Yale University SEAS Conference Scholarship, Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) selected attendee and Rockefeller Research Fellow, UMASS, Boston.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of Screenworks Journal. 

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of Screenworks Journal. 

Ben Samuel

Master's and Music Lecturer

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Ben Samuel

Master's and Music Lecturer

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

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FAQs

Many jobs in the creative industries are found via direct recommendations or referrals. At JMC Academy, many of these recommendations are made while students are completing their studies and via organisations that approach JMC for graduates. That is why we stress the importance of networking through our industry connected lecturers and taking advantage of the many work experience and internship opportunities that arise. Throughout their studies, students are progressively adding to their portfolio of work, networking with lecturers and students, and learning how to run their own businesses. All of this directly contributes to their ability to generate an income in a field they are passionate about and enjoy.

The ultimate benefit of studying at JMC Academy is the reassurance and relief in knowing that we are leaders in creative industries education and have been delivering quality education in the Creative Industries for over 30 years. We were the first to be accredited in Australia for education in Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Multimedia.

Our courses have always been practical, with hands-on projects and an intense focus on industry and outcomes undiluted by extensive, non-essential electives.  

In choosing to study at JMC Academy, our students are opting for the benefits of an intimate classroom size where the lecturer knows their name and learning needs. They are choosing to learn at an award-winning institution that fosters collaboration and creative vision. At JMC Academy the student's experience becomes an integral part of their learning and the institution's own values defined by quality, integrity, diligence and innovation indelibly become their own.   

Creativity is big business. In 2011, Australia had more than 600,000 people working in the creative industries and over 120,000 creative businesses. According to a recent report by consultancy group SGS Economics and Planning, the Creative Industries alone was estimated to have added more than $45 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2011-12 while generating more than $3.2 billion in annual exports. In addition ABS figures released in 2014 showed that the 2008-09 national accounts had a combined Cultural and Creative Industries contributing over $86 billion to our economy. 

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.